Virgin Islands National Park, renowned throughout the world for its breathtaking beauty, covers approximately 3/5 of St. John, and nearly all of Hassel Island in the Charlotte Amalie harbor on St. Thomas. Within its borders lie protected bays of crystal blue-green waters teeming with coral reef life, white sandy beaches shaded by seagrape trees, coconut palms, and tropical forests providing habitat for over 800 species of plants. In addition to this amazing natural beauty, a wealth of cultural resources is protected by the park. Relics from the Pre-Colombian Amerindian civilization, remains of the Danish colonial sugar plantations, and reminders of African slavery and the post-Emancipation subsistence culture are all part of the rich cultural history of the park and its island home.
For these reasons, in 1956, “….. a portion of the Virgin Islands of the United States, containing outstanding scenic and other features of national significance, shall be established ……. as the Virgin Islands National Park.”
In 1962 the enabling legislation was amended to add 5,650 acres of submerged land “……. order to preserve for the benefit of the public significant coral gardens, marine life, and seascapes in the vicinity thereof ……..”
In 1978 the legislation establishing Virgin Islands National Park was again amended to add Hassel Island, located in Charlotte Amalie harbor on St. Thomas, to the park.
Superintendent's Compendium The compendium contains laws and policies specific to Virgin Islands National Park. It includes information on closures, public use limits, anchoring and mooring, boat exclusion areas as well as many other activities.

Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument
Foundation Documents

The foundational document provides basic guidance for planning and management decisions. It contains a brief description of the park as well as the park’s purpose, significance, fundamental resources and values, other important resources and values, and interpretive themes. The foundation document also includes special mandates and administrative commitments, an assessment of planning and data needs that identifies planning issues, planning products to be developed, and the associated studies and data required for park planning. Along with the core components, the assessment provides a focus for park planning activities and establishes a baseline from which planning documents are developed.

Last updated: January 26, 2019

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1300 Cruz Bay Creek
St. John, VI 00830


(340) 776-6201 x238
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